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SUNDAY EVENING @ EASTSIDE ( 21/10/2018)
Three miraculous things happen in this passage:
1. Paul and the passengers all escape certain death after being shipwrecked
2. Paul escapes a potentially fatal snakebite
3. Paul heals many
Because of these things, I wanted to ask a question. Should we expect the kind of signs and wonders which Paul performed by the grace of God in our own day? This is not an easy question, and there is no simplistic answer. Be sure that you read the conclusion of this sermon...
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SUNDAY MORNING @ EASTSIDE (14/10/2018) Our text from Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians reads, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” [1 Thess.16-18]. The text contains three imperatives: “rejoice always”, “pray without ceasing” and “give thanks in all circumstances”. Christians ought to be always joyful, always prayerful and always thankful. God wants us to respond to Him in ways that demonstrate our deep gratitude for what He has done for us and in us. It arises from the great work of God in our souls.
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SUNDAY MORNING @ EASTSIDE ( 30/09/2018) Paul experienced the joy and pain of human relationships as you and I do. He flourished and suffered because of these relationships. In one sense nothing in life gives more joy than our relationships. But it is also true to say that no experience in life can be harder and more taxing than a broken relationship. But in the end, what counts in all the hardships and brokenness is the knowledge that God, the never changing, ever faithful heavenly Father, throughout all his many trials stands by Paul, and by us, strengthening us in our spirits and in our work.
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SUNDAY EVENING @ EASTSIDE (23/09/2018) - ACTS 27
So Paul, in the midst of the storm, with all its challenges knew that the true Captain of this boat was not the captain and the crew. His life was not in the hands of Julius the centurion. His life was in the hands of God. He was the captain of His soul and Master of his destiny.
Acts 27 - "My Days are in His Hands"
Acts 27 - "My Days are in His Hands"
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SUNDAY MORNING @ EASTSIDE (16/09/2018) Where are you going with your Christian life?
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Some thoughts I'd like to share from my morning readings from the second and third letters of John.
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SUNDAY EVENING @ EASTSIDE (09/09/2018) - Meditation on Acts 26
O the coldness and darkness of the human heart! The overriding and sad truth was that the assembly of King Agrippa, governor Festus and many state officials would not hear the life giving words, the resurrection words, the true and rational words of Paul. He was known to have led a humanly impeccable life, but greater still, a life so irreversibly and powerfully and dynamically touched by the Lord Jesus on the Damascus road. They simply would not hear him...
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SUNDAY MORNINGS @ EASTSIDE (19/08/2018) We need faithful, systematic biblical teaching and expository preaching, giving us the whole counsel of God. You don’t need psychological pep talks and feel good sermons. No, you need God's logic- God's way of thinking about this world! Granted, it can be challenging to sit under God's Word because it convicts you in areas that you might not want to have touched or addressed. The Word of God plainly spoken has the habit to invade places in your inner being that you have been trying to keep God out of. That can be very painful, and yet, it is so very necessary that God should do this work in us, for the Word of God is given to cure us of our spiritual (and associated) diseases.
That is why we remain committed to expository preaching. When you’re preaching God's word, you are giving people answers to the real questions and issues in life.
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SUNDAY EVENING @ EASTSIDE (12/08/2018)
The Gospel of Jesus will be made known in very unconventional contexts and settings. I don’t know whether you remember the words of God to Ananias (after Paul’s Damascus road experience) concerning Paul in 9:15,16, “… he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. 16 For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name." What a prophetic and a mighty and true word this was. In our preaching through the Book of Acts we have already seen that Paul was the great apostle to the gentiles. He is the One who also carried the Name of Jesus consistently before the children of Israel.
But how was this despised little Jew going to carry the name of Jesus before kings? How was he going to obtain access into the presence of kings? The answer is this: He was going to obtain access to earthly kings by the means of the power of the King of kings.
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SUNDAY MORNINGS @ EASTSIDE (05/08/2018)
Today we shall consider the important subject of the inspiration of the Bible. The passage before us contains an important testimony to the nature of the Bible and its divine origin. And the big question is this: This book that you now hold in your hand – is it an ordinary book, or is it a truly extra-ordinary, God inspired book?
And if it is an extra ordinary, God inspired book, then what is our response to it? And what may we expect it to do to us and for us? This question we expect to answer today.
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